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Bolstered by a $5-million grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in December of 2014, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is launching a major Aviation Research and Training Center at the Westover Air Force Reserve Base in Chicopee, Mass. The center is a partnership between UMass Amherst and M2C Aerospace, Inc., a woman-owned business based in Milford, Mass. The aviation center is scheduled to open at the Westover location during the spring semester of 2017.

The American Society of Civil Engineers Student Chapter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst was founded in 1950, making this year its 65th anniversary. Throughout the chapter’s history there have been tremendous strides in expanding our influence, knowledge and participation in design competitions. This includes the student chapter’s competition focuses; from solely competing in the Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe, to including competitions such as the Big Beam Competition and the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute’s (EERI) National Seismic Design Competition.

GEI Consultants, Inc., one of the nation’s leading geotechnical, environmental, water resources, and ecological science and engineering firms, announced recently that three University of Massachusetts Amherst alumnae from the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department received new appointments and promotions in 2015.  Gillian M. Gregory (M.S. ’82, Ph.D. ’86) is the new Chairwoman of the GEI Board of Directors. Ileen S. Gladstone (M.S. ’83) was elected to a Senior Vice President position.

Daiheng Ni has just published a textbook Traffic Flow Theory at Elsevier: http://store.elsevier.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780128041345&_requestid=760868.

At the annual meeting of the New England Section of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, the 2015 Thomas E. Desjardins Memorial Scholarship was awarded to UMass students Francis Tainter, who received the Undergraduate Student Scholarship, and Jing Ding-Mastera, who received the Graduate Student Scholarship. 

Scholarship Background

The UMass Transportation Center (UMTC) has received a $100,000 grant from the New England Transportation Consortium (NETC) to measure the effectiveness of competency models for job-specific professional development of engineers and engineering technicians. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Christopher Ahmadjian,  Ph.D., P.E., M.B.A., Associate Director, UMTC. The Senior Research Advisor is Ronald J. Karren, Ph.D., Professor of Management, Isenberg School of Management.

A business briefs roundup in India West, the largest weekly East Indian newspaper published on the West Coast of the U.S., reported that a research team of engineers from UMass Amherst and policymakers from the World Bank is developing a centralized compilation of public data, or “knowledge platform,” to benefit 100-million people in India, China, Bhutan, and Bangladesh who live near the Brahmaputra River basin in South Asia. The India West report was derived from a News Office release based on a College of Engineering news article.

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